Former Volvo tuner Polestar on Tuesday unveiled its first automotive, the aptly named Polestar 1, however in the event you’re considering you have seen the design earlier than it’s as a result of you have got.
Sure, the Polestar 1 is only a barely massaged model of Volvo’s Idea Coupe which was offered on the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Present to introduce Volvo’s present design language.
Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo’s former design chief who’s now in command of Polestar, defined that following the constructive response to the idea Volvo determined to place it into manufacturing. Ingenlath couldn’t be happier as he was the one that designed it.
The Volvo coupe was primarily going to be an S90 with the rear doorways eliminated. It might need even been referred to as a C90.
Volvo Idea Coupe, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Present
Nevertheless, two years in the past, Ingenlath defined, Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson approached him and requested whether or not the automotive might ditch its Volvo brand and be offered as a standalone Polestar mannequin. He was reluctant at first. In spite of everything, the automotive’s traces took inspiration from a legendary Volvo, the P1800 of the 1960s.
However then Polestar started working, stiffening the physique with carbon fiber and augmenting Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine powertrain with an extra electrical motor.
After Ingenlath drove a prototype and skilled the efficiency that was on provide from its 600-horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain, he was satisfied the automotive was far more than only a 2-door S90 (the 2 nonetheless share round 50 p.c of their components). It was a correct Polestar.
Manufacturing of the Polestar 1 will begin at a brand new plant in China in 2019. You gained’t have the ability to purchase one, although. As an alternative, the automotive will likely be provided solely by means of a subscription service just like the lately introduced Care by Volvo program. There would be the alternative of 2- or Three-year plans, after which the automotive is returned to Polestar, refurbished after which provided by way of a secondary subscription.